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November 5th, 2008
Everyone knows the iPod revolutionized the music industry - not to mention the way we experience and think about music - but the same problem remains: how to maximize the listening experience. Many people spend their day with tiny earbuds tinning away, others plug their iPods into large stereos and blast themselves with sound. But what if you also like listening to the radio, or want an alarm clock for your bedstand? Wouldn't it be nice to have a radio that sounds amazing and also accepted your iPod, providing a simple dock-and-play experience that respects the music through quality components and innovative designs? If you want a true music system, one that integrates the iPod, radio, and alarm functions, then I recommend the Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-i .It's no secret that listening to music is incredibly personal, but there are ways to determine the value of a product. For me the Duo-i represents the epitome of radio-iPod convergence: it's simple, attractive, full of features, and is priced just right. To help convey my enthusiasm I created a comparison between the Duo-i and the Bose Wave Music System. A few quick nudges before you begin...the price of the Duo-i is significantly less, it has a built-in dock, and has more options than the Wave, such as an RCA line-out (L/R) with the option to be fixed or varied.

---- Tabletop Stereo Radio ----

Bose Wave Music System

Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-i




iPod Compatible

Yes (requires $129.00 dock)

Yes (dock built-in; charges iPod)

Radio Presets

6 FM / 6 AM

10 FM / 5 AM

Auxiliary Input

1 in (on back)

2 in (1/8" front, RCA back)

Headphone Jack

1 (back)

1 (front)

Video Output


Yes (composite)

CD Player




All functions controlled by remote

Remote or on-radio knobs



Yes (touch-sensitive outer rim functions as the snooze bar)

Primary Use




8.7 pounds

8.2 pounds


4.2 H x 14.6 W x 8.6 D (inches)

5.5 H x 12 7/8 W x 8 D (inches)

Color Choices

3 - body

2 - body; 9 - grille

Recent Awards


iLounge.com 2008 Best of the Year Award

Duo-i iPod Dock

iPod Dock

Duo-i Back


Let's crunch some numbers. The Duo-i emerges as the clear winner - there's just no beating its overall value. Even if you just considered the price and iPod compatibility, the Duo-i is comes out on top. But you also have to take into account that the Wave radio dock will be another $129.00, which means your Wave "system" will be $628.00 to the Duo-i cost of just $199.99! So in the end you can save $428.01 by choosing the Boston system! But let's not stop there. The Duo-i has more inputs, more outputs, and offers dual controls (remote and on-radio knobs). This means that you'll be able to get more use out of the Boston system without the hassle of always having to find your remote...and then having it not work because of interference or dead batteries. And perhaps most important, the Duo-i has a built-in dock that charges as you listen. No more fumbling for cables , packing extra docks , or worrying about awkward silences at parties - just enjoy! By now it's pretty obvious that I'm a big fan of the Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-i . Bose makes great products that sound great (check out some of the products we sell ), but for the person with an iPod the Wave system just doesn't make sense. With money being tight and the holidays just around the corner, the Duo-i is a gift with impact, and one that reflects your effort to make smart choices. Or if you buy one for yourself, you can feel confident that you'll be getting the most out of your music without breaking the bank.

One last thing - it sounds great!

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